Federica Dalla Vecchia - M.A. Counsellor, Art Psychotherapist - UKCP, HCPC
I am an Integrative Art Psychotherapist registered with the UK Council of Psychotherapy (UKCP) and Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) with 16 years’ experience working for a leading London charity and 4 years within the NHS (Guys Hospital). I work with a broad range of people, from teenagers through to older adults and am very experienced in helping clients to manage and reduce high levels of distress and mental disturbance, as well as working with clients seeking greater self awareness and creative expression.
My work style
I am warm, empathic and non-judgemental therapist, and I provide clients with an environment in which to accomplish change and personal growth. I focus on helping clients to understand their emotions, past, and relational patterns; and to explore new ways of relating to themselves and interacting with others. To enable this I combine talking based therapy with the use of creative media which guides clients to engage with their own creativity. It is my belief that everyone has a creative spark within them which when ignited acts to facilitate emotional growth.
Why art therapy?
Sometimes it can be hard to talk directly about difficulties and feelings, so communicating through another medium may be easier or more appropriate. The processes involved in image making and the images themselves can help this difficult communication. The use of art is introduced gradually, aiming to provide clients with an opportunity to discover themselves on a deeper level while providing a necessary emotional safety and containment. You definitely do not have to be ‘good at art’ to benefit from it.
Duration of the treatment
There is no fixed duration for treatment. You can come to explore a specific topic or to explore yourself on a wider level. No decision need be made at the start of the process and short-term work can be very useful for a particular problem. In either short or long term therapy, I regularly offer and invite feedback.
If after our first meeting we feel that you may benefit from another approach I am happy to refer you to a trusted colleague who would better suit your needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
UKCP Registered Art Psychotherapist
HCPC Registered Art Psychotherapist
Psychotherapist, IPTT, Munro Clinic, Guys Hospital
Psychotherapist, former leading London Charity
MA, Integrative Arts Psychotherapist (IATE)
Diploma in the Therapeutic Application of the Arts (IATE)
Certificate in Counselling (Minster Centre)
Certificate in Emotional Literacy for Children (IATE)
BA, Fine Art (Urbino, Italy)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Sometimes the hardest thing about psychotherapy is making the initial decision to reach out for help. Believing that someone you don't know can support you. As a psychotherapist I am interested in working alongside you to explore and understand your current difficulties. From this, change can begin.
If you would like an initial appointment you can contact me by phone or email and I will respond as soon as I can.
Sessions are fifty minutes in duration and once weekly at the same time and location.
I am also available to offer Skype sessions.
I work from Brixton and Vauxhall.
My hourly rate for one-to-one psychotherapy sessions (Skype and in-person) is £65.
I have a limited number of low cost spaces. It would be a question of availability.